Scottsdale HonorHealth named to Best Hospitals list

HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

HonorHealth in Scottsdale (Submitted photo)

HonorHealth in Scottsdale (Submitted photo)

“This recognition is for the dedicated team of physicians, staff, volunteers and leaders who provide the care, support, research and resources that make honors like this possible,” stated Gary Baker, chief executive officer of HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, in a press release. “We do not go about our work seeking these recognitions; it is truly a byproduct of the wonderful team that provides care in this community.”

HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., ranked as the fourth best hospital in the Phoenix metro area and sixth best in Arizona, according to the release.

For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty, stated the release.

“A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” stated Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News, in the release. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers in one or more specialties, as well as hospitals that excel in multiple common procedures and conditions, according to the release.

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. U.S. News used the same data, as well as the new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, first published in May, to produce the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, available in August from the U.S. News Store, according to the release.

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